The Charleston County Public Library offers free programs.

East of the Cooper

--McClellanville Branch Library, 222 Baker St.: 887-3699

PLAY Day: Animal Friends (all ages). Dec. 11 at 10 a.m. Inspired by "The Mitten" by Jan Brett, sew a mitten to keep all the animal friends warm.

PLAY: "Mickey's Christmas Carol" (all ages). Dec. 18 at 10 a.m. See Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and more of your favorite characters in this charming adaptation of a classic holiday tale. Not rated; 25 minutes.

--Mount Pleasant Regional Library, 1133 Mathis Ferry Road: 849-6161.

PLAY with Dad: Play the Wii (all ages). Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. Join group for an afternoon of Wii.

Once Upon a Ballet presents 'The Nutcracker' (ages 3-5): Dec. 13 at 10:30 a.m. Hear the story of "The Nutcracker," and then help perform it.

PLAY: "Winter is Coming" (ages 1-6): Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. Listen to snowy stories, and make a snowman craft.

Gymboree at the Library (ages 1-5): Dec. 16 at 10:30 a.m. Enjoy a sample class.

PLAY: Porkchop Productions presents "Holly and the Secret Santa" (all ages). Dec. 18 at 10:30 a.m. Join Holly as she tries to unravel a holiday mystery and learns an important lesson.

PLAY with Dad: STAR Therapy Dog (ages 6-11). Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. Read to a therapy dog who loves to hear a good story.

PLAY: Santa Claus Is Coming! (ages 1-6). Dec. 20 at 6 p.m. Listen to "The Night Before Christmas," and make an ornament.

Family Game Day (all ages): Dec. 29 at 2 p.m. Join the fun of playing board games.

Movie Fun: "Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief" (all ages). Dec. 30 at 2 p.m. Percy Jackson is no ordinary teenager ... he's just learned he's the son of Poseidon and is accused of stealing Zeus' lightning bolt -- the most powerful weapon ever created. With storm clouds brewing, Percy embarks on a cross-country journey to prove his innocence, recover the bolt and prevent a war among gods that could destroy the world. PG; 118 minutes.

--Poe/Sullivan's Island Branch Library, 1921 I'On Ave.: 883-3914

PLAY with Dad: Learn about Therapy Dogs (all ages). Dec. 11 at 10:30 a.m. Bring Dad, Mom or your favorite person to visit with therapy dogs and learn how they help people day to day.

PLAY Day: Gingerbread Friends (all ages). Dec. 18 at 10 a.m. Create a garland of gingerbread people for a holiday home decoration.

Beach Lovers Book Club (adults): Dec. 18 at 10 a.m. Bring your favorite Christmas novels to discuss.

--Village Branch Library, 430 Whilden St.: 884-9741.

PLAY Day: Gingerbread Friends (all ages). Dec. 11 at 10 a.m. Create a garland of gingerbread people for the holidays.

PLAY Day: Animal Friends (all ages). Dec. 18 at 10 a.m. Inspired by "The Mitten" by Jan Brett, sew a mitten to keep all the animal friends warm.